Thomas T. Gibson, 62, died at home in Potomac surrounded by his family on Dec. 13. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.
Gibson and his family have been permanent residents in Potomac since 1974. He and his wife, Jannes Gibson, recently returned from Africa where they spent four years in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and four years in Lilongwe, Malawi. Gibson retired from the International Monetary Fund in January of 2002.
Since the diagnosis of his illness in March of 2002, Gibson continued to pursue life with adventure and enthusiasm. He traveled extensively to spend time with family and friends. His family and friends will always remember him for his intelligence, wit and appreciation for the world around him.
GIBSON WAS BORN on June 15, 1940 and grew up in Schenectady, N.Y. As a young man he was an avid golfer and skier and continued to enjoy these activities throughout his life. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he received a bachelor of arts degree in economics in 1962 and a doctorate in macroeconomics in 1967.
Gibson met his wife at the University of Colorado and they were married in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1965. Their first international post was with USAID in Kabul, Afghanistan from 1967 to 1970. Gibson served as a senior economist with the IMF, from 1970 until 2002. He was deputy resident representative in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 1972-1974, and IMF resident representative in Dacca, Bangladesh from 1974-1976; in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 1994-1998; and in Lilongwe, Malawi ,from 1998-2002.
He is survived by his wife Jannes Waples Gibson of Potomac; his daughters Erica Jannes Gibson, M.D. of Portland, Oregon and Katharine Lareine Gibson of San Francisco, Calif. His son, Alexander Snowden Gibson, died in November 1994. He is also survived by his siblings Peggy Gibson of Lexington, Mass., Barbara Lippai of Highland Park, Ill., Hal Gibson of Vista, Calif. and Richard Gibson of Highland Park, Ill.
* A memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. at the River Road Unitarian Church, 6301 River Road, Bethesda. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Pancreatic Action Network, 2221 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 131, El Segundo, CA 90245, or to the CU Foundation/International Education Program at CU Boulder, PO Box 1140, Boulder, CO 80306.